"Saturday Night Live" took aim at the deepening scandal in Virginia, where two of the state's top three elected officials admitted they wore blackface in college.

Kenan Thompson, one of the sketch comedy show's five black cast members, portrayed the chairman of the state ethics committee in a room full of white cast members playing state officials.

"As chair of the ethics committee I have to ask, has anybody else worn blackface in college?" an exasperated Thompson asks.


The state officials then went through various examples of wearing blackface, expressing uncertainty over whether each scenario would be inappropriate.

"What if the blackface was just part of your costume of a black person?" one official asked.

"Does it count if you did it all the way back in the 80s?" another official asked.

"Of course not," one official chimed in. "It was funny and cool in the 80s."

"I'm going to stop you right there, Phil," Thompson piped in. "It does still count, and it was never funny or cool."

Virginia has been embroiled in controversy since earlier this month, when a photo emerged from Gov. Ralph Northam's (D) 1984 medical school yearbook page that showed two individuals, one in blackface and the other in a Ku Klux Klan robe. The governor initially apologized for appearing in the photo, but later insisted he was not in the image. He did acknowledge that he once wore blackface to dress up like Michael Jackson.

He has resisted calls for his resignation from state and national Democrats.

The state plunged further into turmoil days later when Attorney General Mark Herring (D) admitted he wore blackface when he dressed up as a rapper at a college party in 1980.

Meanwhile, state officials have urged Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) to resign after two women accused him last week of sexual assault. Fairfax has vehemently denied the allegations.